Frequently Asked Questions
We meet face-to-face three times a year in March, August, and November. Our meetings are moved around the state so that hosts can show off their community and the great work of the Community Foundation.
Yes. Your organization has to be a 501(c)3 organized as a Community Foundation for the purpose of stewarding donor funds and making grants in the community.
As of 2015, dues are $200 per year per Community Foundation, payable in the summer. Members can send as many staff and board members as they choose but only one representative may vote during the business meeting.
Yes! Watch this site for meeting updates or contact us to be added to the mailing list. Attendees pay for their own hotel, travel, and meals for Alliance meetings.
Yes. In the past the Alliance has received grants from foundations to implement programming state-wide, hence our application and approval to be a stand-alone 501(c)3.
No, the Alliance does not steward donor funds, but our individual members do. We encourage you to work with your closest Community Foundation to set up a fund that you as the donor design and advise.
If you're concerned about a fund in one location and wanting to make grants in other communities, that's okay. A Donor Advised Fund is very flexible and not limited to geography. We each have fundholders who use their "hometown" fund to make grants to nonprofits in other communities and states.
International grants can be made to U.S.-based nonprofits who provide services and programming in foreign countries.
The Alliance does not steward donor funds therefore has no investments like our members do.
Each Alliance member is a separate 501(c)3 with their own bylaws, governance, and investment policies.
The Alliance is a membership organization that does not give grants to individual nonprofits. However, we welcome you to contact the Community Foundation nearest you to inquire about their grant cycle.
If your nonprofit serves more than one county or geographic area, it is possible to receive grants from multiple Community Foundations toward a common impact. Please start with the Community Foundation closest to you and ask them to help you reach out and coordinate with neighboring Community Foundations.
For issues such as the environment, rivers, forests, and lakes don't stop at county lines, therefore collaboration can often be a solution.
Please use the "Connect" section of the website to inquire.
Yes, but we do not have a complete list of all of them. Please check with a Community Foundation in a particular state to inquire.